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Kelly's Olympic Dream Tournament a Great Success
Sunday, 11 March 2012 16:23

Saturday 10th March brought the Kelly's Olympic Dream fundraising tournament and exhibition event to St Nicholas Park Leisure Centre in Warwick. 

 

The event was very well supported by people from the local area and further afield and ten groups took to the tables from 9.15am to play round robin groups, with medals going to the first and second placed players in the groups.

 

The event attracted a wide range of players, including a strong first group, and the winners were as follows: DSC 1915

 

Group Winner Runner Up
1 Matthew Outhwaite Deepak Chandrababu
2 Jesse Kendrick-Hill Earl Sweeney
3 Ryan Lines Richard Jardim
4 Solomon Hayes Andy Baruch
5 Lee Dorning Timmy Cooper
6 Sam Wiggins Martin Pember
7 Sam Weaving Gemma McKay
8 Tom Harris Adam Cofler
9 Millie Bradshaw Olivia Fletcher
10 Luke Watkins Lewis Singleton

 

After the tournament there was a brief break as the tables were cleared away to leave a single court for the exhibition to start.  Kelly and Alan Cooke, former six times National Men's Champion, took to the court and shared the spoils in two games before a number of challenge matches were played.

 

Alan Cooke faced local players Chris Mulligan and Deepak Chandrababu, whilst Kelly took on two of the juniors from Lillington Free Church TTC, the club of which she is the President, in Solomon Hayes and Olivia Fletcher.

 

Another youngster, Tom Meldrum, then took to the table to demonstrate a multiball practice; Alan giving a few helpful hints as Kelly fed the balls.  A very good showing from Tom, but Alan then assumed the role of feeder and put Kelly through her paces to show us just what a huge difference in speed, power and recovery there is at international level.

 

Kelly was then given a few moments to catch her breath, before she and Alan resumed their battle to play out the remainder of their match.  The last two legs were something to behold with a combination of raw power in the attack, high balloon lobs in defence, rapid close to the table exchanges and even some chop defence by Alan against Kelly's topspin, with Alan using a frying pan!

 

An exhilarating final set went the distance and then some, with Kelly finally running out the winner 3-1 after a marathon deuce game.

 

What had already been a superb day was given an additional boost when the fund raising efforts were counted, and Kelly was presented with a cheque for a very impressive £3,500 which will undoubtedly help her with her many training, travel and living expenses in the run up to London 2012.

 

A huge thank you is due to all the people who contributed to the event by organising, playing, cooking, donating prizes and much much more, with a special thanks to Dorothy Macfarlane, for being the driving force behind the event, Alan Cooke for giving his time to support Kelly, Dale Ajeto for doing a tremendous job as MC throughout the exhibition, and OLBG, Tees Sport, Warwick District Council for their help and generosity to make this event happen.

 
Triple Crown for Kelly
Monday, 05 March 2012 21:07

LS7Kelly wrapped up a great weekend at the National Championships on Sunday 4th March by successfully defending her Ladies Singles title with a hard earned 4-1 victory over Joanna Parker. 

  

 

Kelly had earlier partnered Jo to retain their Ladies Doubles title, beating Emily Bates and Lauren Spink 4-1 in the final.

 

 

The Mixed Doubles was played out to conclusion on the Saturday and saw what proved to be the first of Kelly's hat trick of titles as Kelly and Darius Knight combined to beat Chris Doran and Hannah Hicks in straight sets.

 

 

Be sure to check out the Gallery section on this site for some pictures from the weekend. 

 

You can read more about the English National Championships on the ETTA website at http://etta.co.uk/nationals/

 

 

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English National Championships 2012
Thursday, 01 March 2012 13:17

This weekend sees the English National Table Tennis Championships being held at Ponds Forge Leisure Centre in Sheffield.

 

Kelly will be looking to retain her Ladies Singles and Ladies Doubles titles, which she won last year, and trying to add a Mixed Doubles title to them.

 

You can find out more about the National Championships on the ETTA microsite at http://etta.co.uk/nationals/ and you can here what Kelly has to say as part of the ETTA Q&A interviews with the top English players at http://etta.co.uk/nationals/article/?item=26663

 

 

 
London 2012 Shortlist Announced
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 14:01

The short list for the Team GB table tennis squad for the London 2012 Olympic Games has been announced, with Kelly confirmed on that list.

 

To read the full announcement, visit the ETTA website at http://etta.co.uk/news/olympic-shortlist-announced/

 
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